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L.A. Times bloodletting reportedly gets a big one -- Mark Heisler

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by MileHigh, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    So says L.A. Observed. And more on the way.


    One of my favorite NBA writers who has been at the Times since the early 1980s.

  2. Small Town Guy

    Small Town Guy Well-Known Member

    Damn it. I'd worried for awhile that Heisler might someday be let go, figuring higher-ups might think, "Why do we have a general NBA columnist?" A ton of institutional history is lost, especially when it comes to the Lakers. He'd seen it all, from the Showtime years to the end of the second Phil Jackson era, and could always tie everything together. Hopefully he'll land somewhere else, nba.com, or something like that.
  3. Den1983

    Den1983 Active Member

    Crap. This is horrible. I loved Heisler's work.
  4. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Yup, that's a major loss, and the Lakers are the No. 1 beat in that town. Yes, he is/was the general NBA columnist, but he writes a lot on the Lakers. Sucks. Big time. Always read his stuff.

    And bracing to hear who else is gone. Have a friend/former co-worker on the sports desk there.
  5. fishwrapper

    fishwrapper Active Member

    Hearing one other big name, too.
  6. 21

    21 Well-Known Member

    If true, that is seriously effed up. Wow.

    But also hearing about some employment turmoil involving other big-name NBA reporters because of the lockout, especially in TV...I wonder if the situation affected Heisler as well, or if this was strictly related to LAT cost-cutting.

    Either way, ugh.
  7. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Got it very reliably that the news is true, that Mark is gone. And the other name I'm hearing ... just shaking my head. Sad, sad day for not just that department but for that paper.
  8. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    And the L.A. Observed post has been updated: Jerry Crowe is out.
  9. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    I don't like to see any reporter get cut out. That being said, I wasn't a particularly big fan of Crowe's columns - they simply reminded me how good Allan Malamud was.
  10. poindexter

    poindexter Well-Known Member

    Holy crap, I thought Crowe's nest was exceptional.
  11. rmanfredi

    rmanfredi Active Member

    The Crowe's Nest articles were generally pretty good - I'm talking more about the "Text Message from Press Row" three-dots. And again, it may just be that Mud left a huge shadow (in all aspects, I guess).
  12. zebracoy

    zebracoy Guest

    Tribune...it's FAAAAAN-tastic!
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